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Matthew Rushworth

Watts Professor of Experimental Psychology


Every day we make multiple choices about the best course of action to take in a variety of situations. My research is aimed at understanding the brain processes that allow us to work out how good the outcome of a choice might be and which allow us to make decisions between multiple choices.

I am interested in the components of brain circuits and their interactions that mediate decision making and learning. I want to know not just how people make decisions and learn by themselves but how they do so when they are interacting with others. I use a variety of techniques including some, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, that are designed to record brain activity and others, such as transcranial magnetic and ultrasound stimulation, that transiently change brain activity.